Monday, November 26, 2012


Girls seemed to have endless chatting with friends while wine sipping.
Gathering together to talk and share stories has always been the ladies’ way to build and strengthen good relationships with friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Back in the day, women bonded over embroidery projects or while doing laundry in the river. Being generally sensitive and emotional, spending time chatting and sharing life stories is the predominant bonding activity for women.
Cheers for more years of friendship!

It is also a great way to cope with stress. This explains why today’s women – career-oriented professionals and modern homemakers alike – need time to go out with girl friends to talk about each other’s lives – dreams, happy experiences, frustrations. Of course, an integral part of these bonding sessions is enjoying the stories over food and drinks. 

These occasions aren’t confined to mere moments. Bonding time means really long hours spent together, which requires food and drinks that will last through the night and will make sure that you do, too.
While heavy and savory dishes would be satisfying, it might not be the best for a long, fun night spent talking. Try something light that can be munched slowly. Similarly, hard and heavy drinks are out of the question. One simply can’t appreciate chitchat and enjoy exciting stories when full or intoxicated. You need something that lets you savor every moment. 

 “In bonding moments with girl friends, you need to have a beverage companion that will allow you to spend the night with just the right buzz so you wouldn’t miss the juicy stories. This is why we’ve introduced Rossi Sweet Red – the perfect companion for female-bonding and ‘steady’ all-night conversations,” says Von De Torres, managing director of Emperador Distillers, Inc.
Crafted from grapes grown in California’s sun-drenched vineyards, Rossi Sweet Red is bursting with flavor and aroma. “It has soft sweet layers of vanilla, bright cherry and wild raspberry. These flavors come together in a deliciously sweet complement of fresh fruit and a velvety soft finish,” she describes.
“This is how real sweet red wine should taste,” De Torres adds.
What makes Rossi Sweet Red interesting is the serving suggestion: it is best served with ice. You can always have Rossi Sweet Red on the Rocks—make it less formal and make it more fun.
According to De Torres, this allows drinkers to discover a different kind of sweetness, where putting ice on Rossi Sweet Red won’t affect its quality but instead unleash its full potential as a sweet red wine.
Rossi Sweet Red is perfect whether going out or staying in. “Rossi Sweet Red is now available at leading supermarkets and convenience stores for all those gatherings,” De Torres says.
So whenever you’re planning a get-together with girl friends, always keep in mind that the best way to unfold the power of “we” is by making sure that you are in good company – real friends and real wine.

 Make every female bonding night a toast to friendship with Rossi Sweet Red.
Discover a different kind of sweetness from Rossi Sweet Red Wine, best enjoyed on the rocks.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Tea shops and stalls sprouted all over the metro and they have been prevalent additions to the wide array of food and beverage choices. I have come across different brands, which offer the same products, but it goes without saying that they have their winning beverage flavors and bestsellers. 

What I find nice about SIP’S milk tea is that it is more mellow and subdued than some iced coffee drinks. On a sunny day when I need something good to guzzle without giving me an unneeded caffeine kick, I’d choose tea drinks over coffee concoctions. I love mixing and matching drink components to create new possibilities every time.

 I ordered the Caramel Milk Tea with coffee jelly. This drink is fragrant and has a unique taste and texture. Well, I never imagined that caramel + milk + coffee jelly could turned into an exciting drink such as this. Well, you know what they say about happy accidents? It has happened with SIP’s owners, they mixed and matched green and black teas together and yet they were able to come up with a drink they now called as Mesteazos. All because they accidentally mixed two different drinks = One awesome drink! Who would’ve thought that would be possible?

 I loved SIP’s Caramel Milk Tea flavor—nice, balanced and lean flavor. Their tea selections are extensive, and aside from the fruity and milky beverages, they also offer a selection of Yakult-based drinks for the health conscious customers. One thing that creates an impression is the natural tea flavor in their drinks which are subtle and pleasant. Some drinks may be sweet but not enough to be considered a sugar coma inducer.

I’d like to think I did the same way with my caramel milk tea + coffee jelly drink. I grew up loving milk as a child, but I had never tried mixing it with any other flavor until this thing. Sipping Caramel Milk Tea is a wonderful way to unwind and relax any time of the day. It’s such a delightful drink that perks you up and it’s kind of addicting, so don’t be surprised to come back for more cups again and again. 

You’ll never understand how and why am I raving over this drink until you try the drink yourself. So visit the SIP branch nearest you and find out for yourselves what makes SIP Milk Teas a whole lot different from all the other tea drinks you’ve tried before. 

You can find SIP at Robinsons Galleria, Pearl Plaza, Malate, SM Manila, SM Sucat, E. Rodriguez Sr., Plazuela De Iloilo, Farmers Plaza. 

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Security Blanket would like to thank SIP, Ms. Ginny Guanco and Ms. Jo Bonsol.